7 pilgrims have died in the terror attack on the bus of Amarnath in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag. The attack took place around 8:20 pm Monday night. 19 pilgrims were injured in the attack, who were admitted to a nearby hospital. This attack has happened in the Batengue area of Anantnag. According to the preliminary information, 2 attackers came on the bike.
Five women are among the dead. The terrorists have been responsible for the attack by the terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba. A search operation is being conducted in the entire area to look for the terrorists.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mahbuba Mufti reached the hospital to meet the injured pilgrims in the terror attack. Mehbooba Mufti said that Kashmir's head has been bowed down with shame due to this attack. Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed it as a cowardly assault. All parties have condemned the attack. Congress, National Conference and VHP have called for Jammu Bandh.
PM Modi condemns attack
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that there is no word to show sadness on the cowardly attack on peaceful Amarnath pilgrims. He said that India is not going to bend ahead of such cowardly attacks and nefarious mansions of hatred. PM spoke to Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra and chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and assured of all possible help. At the same time, after the attack, Internet service has been banned once again in the Kashmir valley.
Complete list of dead and injured in the attack:
Witness told the story
According to the report Yogesh Prajapati present in the bus at the time of the attack said that attack was done on the right side of the bus and that was very dark on that side. Prajapati said that as soon as the attack happened driver got swift from there and went ahead a lot and stopped the bus at a chownk.
Meanwhile, it has also come to light that bus was from Srinagar that too without police force. When the attack took place, the bus was filled with people and was going from Baltal to Mir Bazar. Meanwhile, the terrorists started firing on the bus.
Highway has been closed
After this attack, security arrangements have been tightened. As a precaution, the Jammu-Srinagar highway has been closed. The bus on which this terrorist attack took place is not registered on the Shrine Board. This means that the security arrangement with this bus was being examined.
All of the deceased are from Gujarat
This bus was of Gujarat. It is being told that all the passengers present in the bus were from Gujarat. According to the information, these people were going to visit Baba Burfaani instead of the Shrine Board themselves.
It is worth mentioning that during the Amarnath yatra, security arrangements have been made in many levels regarding terror attacks. The claim was made to ensure safety of each passenger, then these terrorists attacked the pilgrims by targeting them, this is a big question. Additional security forces have also been deployed from the Central Government this time to protect the devotees.
The annual Amarnath pilgrimage that lasted for 40 days started on June 29 and will end on August 7. Security forces have been using CCTV cameras, drones, bulletproof mobile bunkers and other equipment to protect the devotees.